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Written by Student Rights on 12 January 2011 at 1pm

Ofsted set to review 'extremism toolkit'

The schools regulatory body, Ofsted, has advised that Further Education colleges 'scrap' the toolkit which advises on how to combat violent extremism with a review due imminently.

The kit advised staff to watch out for warnings signs of extremism, be they al-Qaeda or Islamist influenced or from dissident Irish republican or 'far-right' organisations

Typically, the warning signs included modified student behaviour, graffiti and vocal expression of extremist sentiment. The original toolkit was published in February 2009 and the University College Union warned its focus on Muslims might damage 'community cohesion' in colleges.  There has been no evidence of such an outcome. Source: The Times Higher Education See Also: BBC - 'What is the extremism toolkit?'